Within the first 72 hours after extraction(s), your rest and recovery is our top priority. We recommend preparing the following ahead of time so you stay comfortable when you need R&R the most:
Some swelling, bruising or run-off from your mouth can be normal at this stage of healing. Prepare towels, face cloths and ice packs to help.
It’s normal to experience excess saliva from your mouth as it heals. Prepare a reclining chair or pillows on your bed to remain upright when sleeping.
Prep medications you currently take, or that your dentist prescribed, so they’re ready to go. Keep a cup of water near your sleeping set up too.
Throughout the first few days, you may experience soreness, bleeding and swelling—this is normal. To avoid infection and help your mouth recover, skip straws, spitting and smoking. Make sure to keep your denture in—even when sleeping—in these first few days.
In the 2 weeks following your extractions, you’ll begin noticing loose or dissolving stitches, reduced swelling and minimal to no bleeding. To keep your recovery progressing smoothly, you can:
Get comfortable speaking with your denture by biting down on it and reading aloud.
To practice eating, put food on either side of your mouth and chew small bites of soft foods.
After the first 3 to 5 days of healing, you’ll be ready to sleep without your denture in your mouth.
During this time, your dentures may feel loose or too big, your tongue or mouth muscles may feel sore, or you may notice increased saliva—these symptoms are normal. As swelling goes down, your mouth will heal and adjust.
Between 2 to 4 weeks after your extraction(s), you’ll likely notice a few things as your healing progresses:
After weeks of soft food, by the 2- to 3-week mark, moderately firm foods are back on the menu.
By the 1-month mark, your gums should be healed and ready for gentle brushing with a soft brush.
While discomfort is common as your denture becomes familiar, pain should be behind you after 1 month.
After you’ve finished healing, you’ll be ready for the best part: relining your denture or creating a brand new one. This next step is based on the denture you select at the start of your journey, or you can upgrade for an even better fitting smile at any time.